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May 8, 2024

Lasithi Plateau: Windmills, Caves & Panoramic Views

The Lasithi Plateau stands over 850 meters above sea level, surrounded by the imposing Dikti Mountains. This serene area boasts fertile lands that yield delicious produce, including potatoes, apples, and grapes.

Winters can be harsh, and snow often covers the plain and surrounding mountains until mid-spring. One of the iconic features of the Lasithi Plateau is its white-sailed windmills (more accurately, wind-pumps). These windmills, designed locally, have been used since the 1920s to irrigate the land. Although there were once around 10,000 windmills, most have been abandoned in favor of modern diesel and electric pumps.

windmills in lasithi plateau crete

Exploring the Lasithi Plateau offers a day trip filled with forgotten Cretan villages, stunning caves, and the famous windmills. The panoramic views are awe-inspiring! As you drive across the plains, you’ll see windmills dotting the landscape as far as the eye can see. Take in the rich history and imagine the lives of those who have called this plateau home for centuries.

Top places to see while exploring the Lasithi Plateau:

Dikteon Cave (Cave of Zeus)

Located in the Mount Dicte range, the Dikteon Cave is steeped in mythology. According to ancient Greek belief, it was the birthplace of Zeus, the king of the gods.

dikteon cave zeus cave crete greece

Agios Georgios Village

Agios Georgios is a village and local community of the Municipality of Lasithi Plateau in the Prefecture of Lasithi. Immerge yourself in the Cretan culture by staying in one of its traditional house.

traditional house in agios georgios crete greece

Monastery of Vidiani

Founded in the mid-19th century, the monastery has been fully renovated and operates as a male monastery. Visitors can also explore various other cultural and archaeological attractions in the region, including the Archaeological Site of Karfi, the Homo Sapiens Museum outside the village of Ano Kera, and several other churches and viewpoints.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking tranquility, the Lasithi Plateau offers an unforgettable experience.


Explore the Lasithi Plateau – Book excursions and accommodation now for an unforgettable getaway!

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